Saturday, May 9, 2015
I have worked with the most beautiful women in the world for decades, some famous, some not. If there is one thing I have learned, it is what makes a woman’s beauty timeless. For many women, this is a huge concern. They spend years and thousands and thousands of dollars on plastic surgery trying to create or preserve an ideal of beauty, but they end up like a cat chasing their own tail. The secret to real beauty is in Jane’s and Thais’ joyful smiles, and the spirited joie de vivre mirrored in their eyes. With almost a fifty-year difference in age, their light shines through.
Part of this stems from being authentic. Jane has not had any plastic surgery, a conscious decision
that allows her to play any role on screen and in life, and inspires millions of women worldwide. Alternatively, in a world of high expectations for a young woman, Thais knows how to not try too hard to look beautiful. Her skin is flawless, so she never has to use foundation. Don’t get me wrong---it’s not like these women are the patron saints of plain! They know how to rock what they got. Jane’s hair is warmed to perfection by her hair colorist Marie Ferro, while Thais smoothes her hair with keratin treatment, but once the base of the hair is established, it doesn’t take much to style.
It’s a different story when it comes to appearing on HDTV. Everyone needs to enhance their skin when faced with filming for television. Jane’s secret is Eve Pearl’s Invisible Finish Powderless Powder. It’s a compact that looks like a peachy cream, but it goes on transparent and sets like a powder, diminishing pores and keeping makeup in place. This is another situation when just a little goes a long way. The silicone in the product goes on sheer, allowing Jane’s own flawless skin to show through. Beware of too much silicone, however; skin or hair care products primarily composed of dimethicone are like the Twinkies of beauty products---they look good, but have no real nutritional value. And they will live in your product graveyard drawer for eons.
If there were any other lesson I learned about ageless beauty, it would be to remain age-appropriate. In a time where anyone can expose everything to everyone, discretion and propriety have real allure and cache. Look how Jane smolders discreetly in her ruched taffeta, while Thais refrains from TMI in her casual jeggings and black leather jacket.
Beauty is about remaining fresh and inspired, with every new day, or even with every breath. It is derived from being who you are, in the core of your spirit, retaining what you come into this world with and developing it without becoming jaded. When you harden yourself to world and don’t allow yourself to become inspired, you become sour grapes inside, and look like it on the outside as well. Look on any tabloid cover, and you will see that result.
That is the beauty of remaining open and in the moment. It was truly a blessing to spend time with these two timeless beauties. I know I will remain inspired for a long time to come!